What a surprise, SF mayor doesn't respect marriage.
re "Mayor's affair with aide's wife surfaces" (Chicago Tribune, 2/2/07)
My regular readers know that while I do not support gay marriage, it is not because I agree with my friend "The Freak" that government has a compelling interest in the issue, but rather that I believe it is not the government's business. I believe marriage is a contract between two people and that any two people should be able to make such a contract, but that the government should be nowhere in the picture. Given that goverment should not be imposing the "enlightened" views of a minority on the majority, and given that government is currently involved in sanctioning marriage, I therefore do not support gay marriage as it is currently proposed.
So, I don't make this comment as a "right-winger", and I don't really believe gay marriage attacks "the sanctity" of the institution of marriage.
The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, has revealed that he slept with his secretary, who was the wife of his best friend...who was also his campaign manager, and that part of the affair took place while he was separated but still married to the rather attractive (former Victoria's Secret model) and accomplished (former Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco) Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Newsom became the poster boy for gay marriage in February, 2004 when, as quoted from a Wikipedia.com article,
he gained international attention and caused controversy when he issued a directive to the city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Newsom claimed the California Constitution's equal protection clause as his authority to do so, and decided to perform the marriages after hearing President Bush's State of the Union address. From February 12 until March 11, 2004 (when the weddings were halted by the California Supreme Court), about 4,000 same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses in San Francisco. On August 12, 2004, the California Supreme Court voided all of these licenses."
For those who believe that Newsom's actions did attack the foundation of marriage, the revelation of his affair gives a big "I told you so: Newsom has no respect for marriage, not even that of his best friend."
Beyond representing a mushroom cloud over Newsom's political future (at least outside San Francisco), this is a(nother) disaster for the gay marriage movement as proponents of "marriage is only between one man and one woman" can now point to a leader of the gay marriage movement as not just supporting "gay rights" but actually wrecking a traditional marriage.
The irony is delicious, and other than the fact that this news probably represents a couple on their way to divorce, I can't say it makes me unhappy. Newsom thumbed his nose at the law with his actions three years ago. Although his actions were overturned by the court, somehow this sort of damage to his career, also based on the issue of marriage, is quite satisfying.
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